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What are you learning from the demonstration of commercial electric trucks by NACFE?

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Industry Engagement Director North American Council for Freight Efficiency (NACFE)

Electric/hybrid MD & HD commercial trucks are just entering the marketplace. With over 3 decades of experience introducing new technologies to the trucking industry, it is a pleasure to be...

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Have you been watching the commercial electric truck metrics ( that are part of NACFE's Run On Less - Electric demonstration of 13 different OEM trucks? If yes, what are you learning from them?

NACFE is sharing operational and charging metrics from 13 different electric trucks around the US and Canada as they perform their daily freight deliveries. These real time case studies and metrics are available to all for educational benefit. This portion of the industry is so new, that it is vital to see what is happening through many different sets of eyes and minds. What specifically surprises you either in a positive or negative fashion?

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No I haven't - a colleague alerted me to this event, and I spent quite a bit of time on the site looking at the participants and the data. I write (and post to Energy Central) on medium and heavy vehicles (and other subjects), and just finished a three-part series in late August (linked below), but I mostly work from the top down (from major manufacturers to the users) rather than bottom-up. 

However my conclusions in looking at this event and the availability of vehicles are the same. They are:

  • Currently offered electric trucks are limited to short distances: mainly drayage, delivery or in-facility duty.
  • There are many contributors to the above limitation, mostly low-range and lack of en-route infrastructure / chargers
  • Current efforts by many user-companies to gain experience with these early applications will set the stage for the future.


Thank you for sharing this information.


Anheuser-Busch - driven 300 miles, and charging stays b/w 80 and 100%.

Frito-Lay - driven 540 miles, charge varies b/w 60 and 100%.

Penske - driven 900 miles, surprised the charge varies quite a bit b/w 20% and 100% sometimes.

NFI Terminal - driven nearly 400 miles, lot of deliveries (718), there is no pattern to charging here.

DHL - driven 170 miles only, as deliveries increase - discharging more.

Day & Ross - I am surprised by the amount of discharging (30%) during idle time.

Ryder System Inc - Lot of miles on this one, but the battery does not charge above 80% most of the time.

Purolator - Less miles than Ryder, and lot of inactive time (65%), but the charge is between 80% -100% mostly.

Ruan - this looks like a short distance truck. Again, the charge mostly stays between 80 and 100%.

Biagi Bros - never charges to 100%.

Roush Fenway Racing - this battery discharges down to 60%, stays inactive for 90% of the time.

NFI Freight - most driven at 1500 miles. Nice to see the saw tooth shaped charging from 20% to 100%.

Servall Electric - lot of deliveries on this one.


It is too early to draw some conclusions based on data trends with18 days worth of data.

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